Your New Measure of Success
“The standard of success in life isn’t the things. It isn’t the money or the stuff. It is absolutely the amount of joy that you feel.” ~Abraham-Hicks
After participating in the 30 days of gratitude challenge for the last two years, one thing I know for sure is that I have cultivated an attitude of gratitude every day, not just during the month of November. I also know that what we choose to focus our attention on grows greater and shows up more in our lives. I find so many things to be grateful for I could list several every single day of the year.
I also loved watching my Facebook news feed light up with the gratitude of others and others. So many wonderful women told me that once they began the gratitude challenge others in their news feed felt inspired to do the same. And so gratitude naturally spread out into the world.
Many women I know were a bit sad to see the end of the challenge. My guess is that it felt like turning attention away from something that feels so good, so right and that only brings more of the same into our life experiences. Why would we choose to turn away from what feels good? It just doesn’t make sense to me.
This is why I decided to challenge myself to A Month of Joy. Every day during the month of December I am choosing to notice and post on my Facebook page something that brings me joy. It is a new focus for me…feeling good about the wonderful, everyday happenings in life that light up my heart, put a smile on my face and leave me feeling warm on the inside. And I’m really, really, really excited about it.
Dictionary.com defines joy as “the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying”. I feel like this is a different kind of attention than gratitude for me. With gratitude I can find something to appreciate about both wonderful and difficult situations.
Choosing joy is purposefully feeling the delight of things that are good. Period. Not finding the lesson, not seeing the value of a difficult moment or day. Just feeling good to feel good. Seeing joy simply to see joy.
And BAM! The more I feel joy, the more joy flows into my life. This is so fun! I love this experience! You can have the same experience right now, by joining me in A Month of Joy.
I started my Month of Joy before I had a chance to post this blog and invite you to join me and I have to tell you, right away I noticed how powerful this purposeful focusing of attention is. As I went to bed after the first night, I lay there with a smile on my face, thinking back over the day and all the things that brought me joy and wondering which one I would choose to share. It felt great. I also woke up with that same great, eager feeling. What joyful experience will this new day bring to me? What do I get to share with you today? How will joy manifest and unfold throughout this month?
A Month of Joy is very easy. Each day this month, starting today, simply post on Facebook, Twitter, or any other site you choose something that recently created a feeling of joy within you. (Or you may write your experiences down in a journal just for yourself.) Tell us about something that warmed your heart, made you smile or giggle, that dropped you into the fullness and wonderfulness of the present moment. Then be prepared for more and more of it to flow into your life.
Invite joy and success into your life and the lives of others throughout the holidays and into the new year. I’m looking forward to hearing all about your Month of Joy experience. Leave a comment below and tell us about the joy in your life.
If you enjoyed or were inspired by what you read, please Like, Share, and Tweet. With Gratitude, Cathy
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